Baptist Health Foundation, Fishermen's Community Hospital

Baptist Health Fishermen’s Community Hospital Opens New Walsh Family Medical Arts Building

April 4, 2024

MARATHON, FL – April 4, 2024 - A new era has dawned on healthcare in the Middle Keys with the opening of the Walsh Family Medical Arts Building at Baptist Health Fishermen’s Community Hospital. The long-anticipated facility will expand access to chemotherapy infusion for cancer patients and centralize primary care, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and specialty services in one location adjacent to the hospital.

Our new Medical Arts Building represents yet another step forward in serving the health and wellness needs of our community,” said Drew Grossman, CEO of Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon and Baptist Health Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. By consolidating Fishermen’s services on one campus, we will provide not only more convenience, but improved and expanded care for current and future generations of the Middle Keys.”

Built on land that was once home to Marathon’s public library, the new, hurricane-resistant 10,000-square-foot structure took about a year to complete and was officially dedicated with a ribbon-cutting on April 3.

The Walsh Family Medical Arts Building will expand the hospital’s three oncology infusion rooms to five, adding a lab and opening up space to serve more patients. “There are no other chemotherapy facilities in the Keys other than at Fishermen’s and Mariners, so it’s great to be able to increase how many patients we can see per day,” says Rosie Sanchez, R.N., director of oncology infusion at both Baptist Health hospitals in the Keys.

The Walsh Family Medical Arts Building also will serve as a new home for primary care provided by Baptist Health Medical Group, as well as provide office space for specialties such as orthopedics, gastroenterology and general surgery. With physical therapy and rehabilitation services also relocated to the facility, the Medical Arts Building helps elevate the vision of Fishermen’s Community Hospital as a one-stop, all-inclusive medical and wellness campus.

The new building was named in honor of the Walsh family following a $5 million gift to Baptist Health Foundation from family-owned Ocean Properties, the largest hotel owner and operator in Florida and one of the largest employers in the Florida Keys.

About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health South Florida has internationally renowned institutes specializing in cancer care, brain and spine care, heart and vascular care and orthopedic care. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and The Baptist Health PineApp, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health South Florida is an academic and clinical affiliate of Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and is the most awarded healthcare system in South Florida by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn.

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